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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Sept. 18. Abdullah called on China to play an active role in resolving the conflict in Syria, saying Wednesday that Beijing should use its influence as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and as a "friend of Jordan and the Middle East."

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Obama cancels trip to China

BEIJING — President Barack Obama has called off a trip to Asia just as China’s president is being feted in regional capitals ahead of summits where the U.S. no-show will give China a chance to shine and boost its influence.

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